Friday, 3 April 2015
Pinnacle - Shakey
Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre/s: Noise Rock, Post Hardcore,
For Fans Of: WALLS, Kowloon Walled City, Unwound, Neurosis, The Dazzling Killmen
When people throw terms like 'noise rock' and 'post hardcore' around I get a little bit excited - it's hardwired into me. And when you add words like 'sludge' into the mix I sit up very abruptly and hit my head on a low hanging surface. Congrats to Californian band Pinnacle for doing just this, and incorporating three very nice genres into their sound. As you might expect, the band very heavily guitar oriented music, with plenty of atonal chords and noisy noodling included for good measure. What separates Pinnacle from most other noisy post hardcore bands however is the inclusion of sludgy, post metal-esque song structures - atmospheric buildups and cathartic crescendos. That being said, the usual genre stalwarts are there too - varied clean/strained vocals and an undeniable energy and emotional undercurrent running through each track.
It's great to see a band take a genre of music so deeply indebted to bands from the 90s and entrenched in stylistic norms and make it new and exciting again, without completely erasing its core characteristics. Great stuff - and it's available now for you over at Pinnacle's bandcamp page as a name your own price download. Geddonit.
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